(CNSNews.com) - Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington, D.C., Thursday said that there is nothing a “liberal progressive fears more” than a black conservative.
“There’s nothing on this green earth that a liberal progressive fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government,” West said.
Conservatives “understand that the Constitution was written to control and regulate the government, not the people,” he said.
“I am sick and tired of hearing that it is our moral duty to serve the state, because conservatives believe that it is our moral duty to serve our fellow man regardless of race, sex, affiliation or creed, and when we serve, we believe that it is the state’s duty to get out of the way,” West said.
The former congressman said some Americans are “lost in the woods” with no compass, map or GPS.
“When more Americans prefer freebies to freedom, these great United States will become a fertile ground for tyranny. When did ‘Ask not what your country can do for you’ become ‘Ask only what your country will give you’?” West asked.
He pointed to California as an example, saying, “It’s hard to describe that state as being in anything other than a depression.”
“California’s asked government, ‘What can you do for us?’ and they got their answer,” West said.
“Every year, thousands of Californians flee that populous paradise for tax-eased small government oasis of America’s red states. California is falling victim to the same snake oil that President Obama sold America during this past election,” he added.
“We were told compassion comes not from generosity but from compliance. We’re told kindness means raiding a man’s hard-earned wages and sending it off to Washington, D.C., so that they – not you – may dole it out in courtesies and indulgences,” he said.
“Compassion comes from a choice and not the liberal definition of a choice – the choice to say I can do with a little less so my brother can have a little more,” West said.
“Where’s the kindness when a faceless bureaucrat stamps thumps a red stamp on a monthly food ration? Where is love exchanged? Where is the love felt when a state administrator stuffs a welfare check into an outgoing mail?” he asked.
West said he witnessed more conservatives giving to charities than liberals “even though their paychecks may be smaller.”
“In the real world, I see conservatives volunteering at adoption agencies, at churches, at bake sales and the local American Legion Post while the only charity a progressive sends is a smug sermon on fair share and what fairness is,” West said.